Games Design, Animation and Web Development

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Course Entry Requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including a minimum of grade 5/C in GCSE English and Mathematics.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

Topics covered in this qualification:

  • Communication and Employability Skills
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Games Design
  • Website Production
  • Multimedia Design
  • Animation

What skills do I need?

A logical thought process and the ability to contextualize theoretical problems into real world scenarios. A good level of basic ICT knowledge to facilitate individual study. For example the ability to use a PC to search the internet and research independently.

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Why should I study this course?

Information technology (IT) systems have a significant role in the world around us and play a part in almost everything we do. You will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. During this course you will draw on your learning from
across your programme to complete assessment tasks.

Many computer games are vast productions involving a range of people including programmers, graphical artists, animators, level designers, actors and directors. As a games
developer, you will analyse the needs of a client and understand the potential and limitations of different gaming solutions. You will investigate the technologies used in the computer gaming industry and the implications they have for users, developers and organisations and analyse how user needs and preferences impact on game design and how target technologies affect the design and development of a computer game.

For Web Development you will review existing websites, commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid application development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process. Many software developers, database experts and systems managers need web-client development skills as an integral part of their overall portfolio of expertise.

How is the course assessed?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in ICT is worth the equivalent of 1 full A Level. There are 6 units of which 2 are mandatory. There are no exams on this course.

What will this course prepare me for?

This qualification will prepare you for higher education or employment giving you a starting point for progression to roles such as social media specialist, content developer and web developer as well as a wide variety of apprenticeships

Private Study

You will be expected to complete between 2 and 4 hours independent study per week.

What materials will I need to provide?

Having a PC at home would be beneficial but not essential due to our range of open access PC suites.

How will I be taught?

Real world scenarios will be used to put you in the world of work. A typical week will involve a mix of taught lessons and workshops to support your studies.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Games Design, Animation and Web Development is for you if:

You have a logical thought process, good written communication, creativity and independent research skills.